Six Tips for an Unprecedented Time
April 13, 2020
What a story I will have to tell my son, who was born in early February just before this pandemic began affecting the United States. Life has been changing drastically during this unprecedented time and continues to do so on a minute-by-minute-basis. We are living in what we call the "New Norm," where most of us are working from home and homeschooling or assisting our children with their remote learning. Only essential businesses are open and only those deemed essential employees are leaving the house for work each day. Most others are only leaving the house to pick up groceries, prescriptions, or other critical items. In ten years, we are going to have quite the story to tell our young children. We are living a moment in history.
This pandemic has hit our city, our country, and our world hard. While we navigate through these difficult times, everyone needs to work together to get through this. Although we feel many things are out of our control, here are some helpful things to do to remain productive and healthy.
In ten years we are going to have quite the story to tell our young children. We are living a moment in history.
Exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Whether it's yoga, pilates, taking a walk, or any other workout type you prefer, I encourage a half hour a day. YouTube is a great resource to find any type of workout and websites like our Recreation Center are offering free virtual workout sessions during this time.
Whether you live alone, with roommates, or have a large family, it’s important to stay connected to the family, friends, and co-workers you aren't seeing as often. Facetime or Google Duo are the easiest ways to reach out to your love ones. We use Zoom for work meetings and this service also offers a free option as well. Find the best way for you to stay connected.
We are eating out less and cooking more at home, which could be a lifestyle change for some people who may be used to grabbing a quick bite at a food truck or grabbing a burger and fries at a fast food restaurant. We may also be snacking more and not even realizing it. Maintaining a normal eating schedule is important. Make sure you are eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner at your usual times while getting that healthy snack of fruits, vegetables, or a yogurt in if you can.
Studies show that maintaining a positive attitude is beneficial to your overall health. Meditation is a great way to clear your mind and sustain positive thinking and feeling. There are free applications out there for both beginners and experts. Exercise and healthy eating are also both excellent contributors to a positive attitude.
Indulge a Little
There is nothing wrong with taking some time to tune out the world during such a stressful time. Listening to music, gardening or even losing yourself in a movie, tv show, or a video game can be great ways to relax for just a little while.
Give Yourself a Break
This is a time when parents are juggling work, childcare/homeschooling, and many other priorities. Many of us are feeling pressure from various places, so just remember everyone is facing these same challenges. Show yourself some compassion — you are doing the best you can!
Also, know that the admissions team is here to answer any questions you may have. We may need to answer them through email or chats, but we are dedicated to making sure the admissions process runs as smooth as possible for you.
We also offer virtual visits, tours, and other ways to connect with our University during this interesting time. You can find all these options at Visit Drexel. We are here to assist, so don’t hesitate to reach out!
Jennifer Brown is an Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Drexel University. In her free time, she watches movies, reads fiction, and writes nonsense.
Jennifer Eichorn Brown